NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC have officially announced the signing of 22-year-old Miguel Ángel Nazarit Mina, pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate and P-1 Visa. The center back will join Nashville on a free transfer from Once Calderas S.A. in Colombia, and has been signed using Targeted Allocation Money, meaning his salary is over $530,000.
“Miguel is a talented central defender who has gained outstanding experience playing in the top-flight in Colombia,” said Nashville SC GM Mike Jacobs in the press release. “His combination of athleticism and 1 v 1 defending makes him someone who has the potential to be a key contributor in our team.”
Nazarit has 39 career appearances in the Colombian first division, and has been a regular for the Colombian youth national teams, featuring for the U-23 side in their qualifying campaign for the 2020 Olympics. Nazarit most recently played for his youth national team in July 2019.
A right-footed center back, Nazarit will compete with Dave Romney, Jalil Anibaba, Brayan Beckeles and Ken Tribbett for the starting job. From the most recent highlight package (which is two years old), he has pace to challenge attackers in the open field and size to challenge in the air. He looks comfortable with the ball at his feet, and could help build out of the back. He'll give Nashville flexibility to either play in a back four or a back three, a tactic Gary Smith often used in USL.
Nazarit brings Nashville's total roster to 23 players. They will have an opportunity to add to their squad in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft on January 9. Their debut MLS campaign kicks off on February 29 against Atlanta United.
Transaction: Nashville SC signs Miguel Nazarit from Once Caldas, using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Nazarit, who will occupy an international roster spot, will join Nashville SC in January 2020.
MIGUEL ÁNGEL NAZARIT MINA Position: Defender Height: 6-1 Weight: 172 Birthdate: May 20, 1997 Age: 22 Born: Cali, Colombia Hometown: Cali, Colombia Nationality: Colombian Last club: Once Caldas How Acquired: Signed by Nashville SC from Once Caldas as of Dec. 16, 2019